Eligible employees may be entitled to take Shared Parental Leave instead of Maternity, Paternity or Adoption Leave. This means that eligible parents and partners may opt to share the leave between them, for up to 52 weeks combined, taking leave simultaneously or separately to share the care of their infant.
Shared Parental Leave may be taken in one block, or in a series of separate blocks (discontinuous leave), as long as adequate, stipulated notification requirements occur.
As an employer, it is important to understand how Shared Parental Leave and Pay is triggered, and to understand who is entitled to take it and how it can impact on existing maternity, paternity and adoption policies. You may need to consider how to administer requests for continuous leave and how to arrange cover for periods of discontinuous leave.
Our training in Shared Parental Leave will help you understand how it fits in with existing maternity and paternity leave, how to manage the notification requirements and develop a strategy for continuous and discontinuous leave requests.